About Espinho

An average beachbreak with some fun peaks for all abilities when small, that gets powerful as the swell fills in. The premiere spot is a right-hander breaking off the rocky groyne in front of the casino - refered to as Casino Right - a long quality wave that wakes up in a decent NW swell. It can hold up to double overhead and becomes a challenging, occasionally hollow prospect - one of the best waves in the north of the country. Expect a competitive line-up.

Source: Espinho Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginners stick to main beach breaks - there are a few waves to choose from. Casino Right best for experienced surfers only.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Very competitive on the right, borderline localised - experienced surfers here so observe etiquette. The rest of beach OK.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Popular spot with locals and surfers from nearby Porto.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Long, powerful walling right-hander breaking off the southern side of jetty that can hold a decent size and draws a decent crowd.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Heavy paddle once the swell gets over shoulder high.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Has a well-earned reputation for poor water quality from nearby factories.

Additional Information

Hazards

Groyne, crowd, swimmers in summer.

Access

Street parking is tricky here. There is a car park close to the break by the Tourist Information Office.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

This consistent swell catcher works year round but best September - November

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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